Animal Species:Pseudophanes melanoptera Turner, 1940

This remarkable lichen moth is a close mimic of arctiid moths in the subfamily Ctenuchinae. For a long time the species was only known from the type series which was collected in 1906 by F.P. Dodd. Specimens were recently collected by David Rentz in Kuranda.

Lithosiinae Pseudophanes melanoptera male

D. Britton © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Lichen moth

Identification

A larger species with elongate dark wings with indistinct black markings in the cell of fore and hind wings. The abdomen and thorax has bright orange annuli (bands) of scales which resemble the markings seen in Amata spp. and other Ctenuchinae. It can be differentiated from these moths by wing venation.

Similar Species

Amata and other Ctenuchinae

Distribution

Kuranda and Cairns (QLD)

Distribution by collection data

Biomaps map of Pseudophanes melanoptera specimens from the Australian Museum database

What does this mean?

Feeding and Diet

Larvae probably feed on lichens

Classification

Species:
melanoptera
Genus:
Pseudophanes
Subfamily:
Lithosiinae
Family:
Arctiidae
Superfamily:
Noctuoidea
Order:
Lepidoptera
Class:
Insecta
Phylum:
Arthropoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?


Dr David Britton , Head, Natural Sciences & Biodiversity Conservation
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